iPad Air 4 vs iPad Air 5: A Smart Comparison

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY? iPad Air 5 vs iPad Air 4’ by Tech Gear Talk

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The iPad Air 5 is similar to Air 4 in design, accessories, and features, but with better camera, M1 chip, and more RAM, while the user finds storage options limiting and questions its value over Air 4.

Key Insights

  • The iPad Air 5 is very similar to the iPad Air 4 in terms of design
  • Size, shape, speaker setup, and button configuration are all the same
  • Cases and accessories that fit the iPad Air 4 also work with the iPad Air 5
  • Both iPads are compatible with the second generation Apple Pencil
  • The USB-C port on the iPad Air 5 is faster than the one on the iPad Air 4
  • The new colors on the iPad Air 5 are more vibrant than the ones on the Air 4
  • Both iPads have the same power button with a fingerprint sensor
  • The iPad Air 5 does not have Face ID, but the user prefers to have both Face ID and Touch ID
  • The display on both iPads is the same with a 60Hz refresh rate
  • The iPad Air 5 has a better front-facing camera than the iPad Air 4, which includes center stage feature
  • The rear-facing cameras remain the same on both models
  • Both iPads have two speakers with good audio quality
  • The iPad Air 5 has the M1 chip, which is more powerful than the A14 Bionic chip in the Air 4
  • The iPad Air 5 comes with 8GB of RAM, double the amount of RAM in the Air 4
  • The storage options for both models are 64GB and 256GB, which the user finds limiting
  • Both iPads run the latest iPadOS with multitasking features
  • Battery life on the iPad Air 5 is similar to the Air 4, but further testing is needed
  • Gaming performance is slightly smoother on the iPad Air 5, but not a significant difference
  • Pricing for the iPad Air 5 is the same as the Air 4, with the additional cost for storage
  • The iPad Air 5 is a minor upgrade and may not be worth it for most users, as the Air 4 offers more storage for a similar price.

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When you compare the iPad Air 5 to the iPad Air 4, a lot of times you need to double check to make sure that you know which one you’re using. Apple did give us some important updates, but did they do enough to separate the iPad Air 5 from the previous models? And you might be surprised to hear that I actually recommend that a lot of people still get the iPad Air 4.

Now, starting with the size, we’ve got the exact same footprint that we had on the iPad Air 4. Same body, same shape, same speaker setup, and the same button configuration. So the cases and accessories that fit the iPad Air 4 will still work on the iPad Air 5. For example, if you have the smaller version of the Magic Keyboard, it’ll work with no problem. And of course, both iPads are compatible with the second generation Apple Pencil, and the user experience is identical in terms of latency and the overall feel.

Now, the one area where we see a difference is when it comes to the port. So both iPad Air models have a USB-C port, but the one on the iPad Air 5 is faster, and it’s able to hit a maximum transfer speed of 10 gigabits per second versus five on the iPad Air 4. Now, will this matter to the vast majority of people? Probably not, because most people are only using that port for charging. But if you’re connecting an external SSD or a camera, and you’re regularly transferring a lot of large files to and from your iPads, you’ll definitely appreciate this additional bandwidth.

Now, I have to talk about the new colors. And thank you, by the way, if you responded to my question about which color I should get, I followed the most popular answer, and I got the blue one, which I absolutely love. So this year’s colors are so much more vibrant than the ones on the iPad Air 4, and it’s really obvious when you put the two blues next to each other. And personally, I definitely like the new colors on the iPad Air 5 more than the muted ones on the Air 4.

Now, back to some more similarities between these two. Both iPads have the same power button with Apple’s newer implementation of a fingerprint sensor. It worked really well for me with the iPad Air 4 and the iPad Mini 6. I just make sure that I have both index fingers programmed, and then I can easily authenticate in both landscape and portrait orientations.

Now, I was really curious to see if Apple would add Face ID to this year’s iPad Air, but it looks like they’re still keeping that for the iPad Pro models. And maybe we’ll get one next year on the iPad Air, who knows? Now, personally, I’m gonna be greedy, and I’m gonna want both Face ID and Touch ID. But let me know in the comment section, if you had to choose one, if you could only have one of them, would you prefer Face ID or Touch ID?

Now, moving on to the display, this was another opportunity for improvement, but we’re getting the same liquid retina display with a resolution of 2360 by 1640, 500 nits of brightness, and 264 pixels per inch. It’s a P3 display, so it has excellent color reproduction, and it has True Tone, so it’s able to detect the color temperature of the ambient light, and then make adjustments to keep the colors looking just how they’re supposed to. Now, the refresh rate on the iPad Air 5 is still 60 Hertz, just like on the iPad Air 4. Apple does offer adaptive 120 Hertz displays, but they’re reserved for the two iPad Pro models. I try to read as many of your comments as possible, and I get a ton of questions about whether 120 Hertz makes a difference. So my answer is yes, and maybe. Let me explain. First of all, can I tell the difference? Sure, I have every iPad Pro since the first generation, and I’ve been using ProMotion since 2017. On top of that, the two phones that I’m currently using, the iPhone 13 Pro and the S22 Ultra, both have 120 Hertz displays. So yes, I’m used to the sharper and more fluid animations, the smoother scrolling, and the more responsive feel that you get from a faster refresh rate. But I also try to include different points of views in my videos, and I think about whether the average person would notice the difference if they didn’t have both displays side by side. And I’m not sure that the non-techie person would, and even if they did, I don’t know that it would be enough to get them to upgrade to the 11-inch iPad Pro. I can tell you that even though I love the 120 Hertz displays, I never once ever used my iPad Air 4 or my iPad 5 for anything, and then thought to myself, you know, this is a terrible user experience. I’m gonna go put that down and grab an iPad Pro. So while I do prefer 120 Hertz, since these displays are so nice, 60 Hertz wouldn’t be something that would keep me from getting one of them.

When we look at the camera systems, Apple made an upgrade that was absolutely necessary. So the iPad Air 4 still has the older seven megapixel front-facing camera, which made it the worst camera in the entire lineup. Now the iPad Air 5 comes with the new 12 megapixel ultra-wide front-facing camera that we see on every other current model. In addition to being higher resolution, it also brings center stage to the Air 5. You may have already seen this feature, but essentially the ultra-wide camera can identify and track a subject as it moves around, and then zoom

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY? iPad Air 5 vs iPad Air 4’ by Tech Gear Talk